New Mideast thriller parallels mad reality

Dan Williams blows the lid off the Middle East with his new thriller STRIP MINE   Dan Williams is a leading foreign correspondent covering the Middle East. He also has a profound background in fiction writing which he lets rip in his new novel Strip Mine: A Jodie Moore Thriller. What’s it about? Check this […]

Ariel Sharon, me and food

Some while back I published an essay on Ariel Sharon and his irresistible appetites — culinary and political — in a book called Eating Mud Crabs in Kandahar: Stories of Food during Wartime by the World’s Leading Correspondents. The essay was excerpted on Salon.com . Now that the old fellow passed away (after eight years […]

Travel with kids in Jerusalem

A great new site Seven Suitcases features my musings on what to do with kids when travelling in Jerusalem. There are already a few posts on the site — yes, it hasn’t officially launched yet — from other spots around the world. I think it’s a fabulous site, run by someone who can best be described as a free […]

Swiss scientists: Arafat was murdered

Net closes around Palestinian president’s killers It’s 11 months since I published The Murder of Yasser Arafat with co-author Matthew Kalman. We reported that Palestinian leaders in the immediate circle of the president had fed him poison, leading to his death nine years ago next Monday. Swiss scientists reported this week that they had found […]

Arafat poison stories show need for a new kind of journalism

Journalism needs a new way to handle a world run by corrupt oligarchs, megacorporations and others who’ll just lie through their teeth Along with my The Murder of Yasser Arafat co-author Matthew Kalman, I’ve written an op-ed for the Israeli newspaper Haaretz explaining why journalism isn’t the best way to find out what’s going on. […]